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A young woman was killed Wednesday night when a sailboat and power boat collided on Lake Washington.
The operators of both boats are under investigation for boating under the influence of alcohol. The accident happened North of Leschi around 10:40 p.m. Both boats were towed to a dock located at Lake Washington Blvd and East Jefferson Street in Seattle. See KIRO 7 News report.
SEATTLE– July 14, 2014– Seattle’s 36th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show will get underway this year on Wednesday September 10th and continues through Sunday 14th, 2014. Click here to view full press release and details.
VICTORIA — A Victoria man will make an attempt to paddle his stand-up paddleboard across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Angeles, perhaps as soon as Sunday.
Darren Bachiu, 36, thinks he may be the first person to ever make the attempt on the surfboard-like craft.
He cannot find any record of anyone making the crossing on a paddleboard, which he uses to explore Vancouver Island's coast.
“This is a challenge. I will give it a go and hope to get it done on the first run,” Bachiu said.
If, for some reason he fails to make it on that first try, he said he plans to try again until he succeeds.
“I will paddle until my arms fall off,” he said.
The timing of his attempt will depend on tides and weather. Tides would work in his favor on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, and look even better on July 15, Bachiu said. See full story at Peninsula Daily News.
ANACORTES — The Fire Department battled a fire on a 40-foot boat in the ...Anacortes Marina. The boat is located in the A dock, Fire Chief Richard Curtis said, but nearby boats have already been moved to a safe location.
“What we’ve done so far is removed the boats next to it so we don’t have the exposure,” Curtis said. The boat was unoccupied, officials said. No one has been injured fighting the fire. Source: GoSkagit.com
SEATTLE | June 23rd -- A crew from the ferry boat Wenatchee rescued a man who had been knocked off his boat into the chilly waters of Elliott Bay Monday afternoon.
The Coast Guard... received a distress call around 11 a.m., stating a man was clinging to the side of his boat in the waters near the Elliott Bay Marina, said Kyle Moore with Seattle Fire. The man eventually fell into the water.
The Washington State ferry Wenatchee and Coast Guard responded to help, with a crew from the Wenatchee reaching the man first and plucking him from the water. See full story at KOMO News:
Aerial footage of the M/V Polar Bear in San Diego on June 19th.
Local kayakers and SUP-ers invited to spend a day on the water paddling to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s research
SEATTLE – June 11, 2014 – We’re all familiar with raise the paddle. It’s that moment at an auction or fundraiser event when you’re asked to dig deep, open your wallet and make a monetary donation directly towards the non-profit hosting the event. However on July 26, raise your paddle will mean something entirely different. At the inaugural Paddle for Parkinson’s regional event, organizers are inviting all paddlers and want-to-be paddlers to come out and raise their paddles and dip them into the water for a 4-mile race or a 1-mile fun paddle to raise awareness for Parkinson disease (PD). Event organizers hope the fun day on the water will raise $10,000 to benefit the Washington Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA).
A crane on Monday off Whidbey Island hauled up a lost ship’s anchor that a group of history buffs believe is the only surviving relic of Capt. George Vancouver’s famed 1792 voyage into Puget Sound. See full story at The Seattle Times.
SEATTLE -- If you're a boater on Puget Sound what you pay to moor at marine state parks could be going up. Washington State Parks is asking boaters for their ideas and feedback before any fee changes are made.
Boaters are invited to take an online 30-question confidential survey that takes about five to 15 minutes to complete. The deadline for completion is June 15th.
It currently costs 60 cents a foot to moor on a state park dock overnight. The state is asking boaters if they would consider paying 80 cents a foot. That means a 30-foot boat would pay approximately $25 per night. The agency is also asking boaters to consider an increase for buoy moorage. Overnight moorage on buoy could increase from $12 to $15. Annual moorage and seasonal permits could also change. Full story at KOMO News.
National Marina Day & Open Boat Showcase at Shilshole Bay Marina Saturday June 14th from 8:30 to 4pm.
The Atlas Van Lines, also known as the ‘Blue Blaster,’ is set to run at Seafair this summer after more than four years of restoration work by crew members at the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum in Kent. See full story at Auburn Reporter.
Brian Punch of Oak Harbor displays a 103-pound halibut he caught in Puget Sound near Anacortes May 9.
Heather Reed, Coastal Marine Resources Policy Coordinator with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said Punch’s halibut is the biggest she’s heard of caught in Puget Sound so far this season from reported samplings that tend to trickle in slowly.Heather Reed, Coastal Marine Resources Policy Coordinator with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said Punch’s halibut is the biggest she’s heard of caught in Puget Sound so far this season from reported samplings that tend to trickle in slowly. See full story at Whidbey News-Times:
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — A wooden fishing boat that John Steinbeck chartered in 1940 with a biologist friend, then wrote about in a story of their journey through the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, sits in sad, decaying splendor in a boatyard here, two hours northwest of Seattle.
People have come from as far away as Liverpool, England, to see the vessel, named the Western Flyer. Full story from the New York Times:
You know it's the start of the fishing season at Fishermen's Terminal in Seattle when a familiar smell is in the air: coconut-scented sunscreen.
The Alaska salmon fishing season is about to start its 100th year in operation out of Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle. See full story at KUOW.org.
Lanny Workman, a retired South Whidbey Fire/EMS battalion chief, christens the MV Salish Responder during a ceremony at South Whidbey Harbor.
See full story at South Whidbey Record:
After years in Doug McDonnell’s backyard, the No. 706 had its relaunch in a special event at the Gig Harbor BoatShop. See full story at Gateline.com.
BREMERTON, Wash., – MAY 19, 2014 (press release) – Last year’s Marina Day at Bremerton Marina was such a success that this year they decided to extend it and make it a weekend-long event and rendezvous.
Boaters who choose to arrive on Friday night, June 13th, will be treated to a private complimentary showing of Pirates of the Caribbean at the nearby SEEfilm Theatre (located just two blocks from the marina), post-show live music onboard the historic MV Kirkland in the marina, and free moorage on Saturday night. Saturday is chock full of activities, including presentations from legendary hydroplane racer Chip Hanauer, Waggoner Cruising Guide publisher Mark Bunzel, Bremerton Sail and Power Squadron classes, including an all-day course for obtaining a Washington State Boater Education Card, complimentary boat inspections, live music, a beer garden and more. See full details - press release here.
A 90ft Yacht capsized overnight while it was being launched near Anacortes, dumping six people in the water. It was a chaotic scene as rescuers rushed in to pull the six people aboard out of the water. 2 people sent to the hospital. An investigation is pending. Story source from KOMO News and KIRO News.
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Crescent Bar and the surrounding areas will be out of commission for boaters this year as the water level has dropped due to damage on the Wanapum Dam. Most waterways are off limits to the public and the Crescent Bar docks and resort is high and dry. Reports say it will most likely stay this way for the next 4 to 6 months if not longer. See full story at King 5 news.